Three free gather stitch patterns

Here’s a set of stitch patterns I designed after writing Gather Together last week. In my original rough draft swatch, I only tried the first, but while I was swatching in the final yarn, I couldn’t help but try a couple of variations. I like them all, so here they all are!

Notes:

  • These are stitch patterns such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. They are not patterns for finished objects. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • All three of these stitches are a multiple of 13 stitches and 4 rows. I worked a single 13 stitch panel on a background of stockinette.
  • Designers, please feel free to use these in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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Abbreviations:

  • gather left: (k1, yo, k1) in next 3 stitches as if to SSSK: slip each of the next 3 stitches as if to knit, slip them back to the left needle together, and (k1, yo, k1) through all three back loops at the same time.
  • gather right: (k1, yo, k1) in next 3 stitches as if to knit three together.
  • k: knit.
  • p: purl.

gathered tendrils: a free knitting stitch pattern

gathered tendrils: a free knitting stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst

I made a stitch map for Gathered Tendrils.

Row 1 (RS): k3, gather left, k1, gather right, k3. [13 sts]
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Row 3: k1, gather right, k5, gather left, k1.
Row 4: purl.

gathered braids: a free knitting stitch pattern

gathered braids: a free knitting stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst

Gathered Braids in particular makes an interesting mock cable.

I made a stitch map for it.

Row 1 (RS): p1, k1, p1, gather left, p1, gather right, p1, k1, p1. [13 sts]
Row 2 (WS): (k1, p1) x 6, k1.
Row 3: p1, gather right, (p1, k1) x 2, p1, gather left, p1.
Row 4: (k1, p1) x 6, k1.

gathered fronds: a free knitting stitch pattern

gathered fronds: a free knitting stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst

I made a stitch map for Gathered Fronds.

Row 1 (RS): p3, gather left, p1, gather right, p3.
Row 2 (WS): k3, p3, k1, p3, k3.
Row 3: p1, gather right, p5, gather left, p1.
Row 4: k1, p3, k5, p3, k1.

 

Psst: all  are in color! Grey yarn photographed on a grey day, sigh.

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